New syndicated season starts today

Five new shows debut today, including the highly anticipated game show Merv Griffin’s Crosswords and magazine TMZ . Other new shows include Temptation, Judge David Young, and The Steve Wilkos Show (which debuts in Chicago on WGN tomorrow at 2 p.m. A Cardinals-Cubs game is airing in that time slot today.)

Don’t forget, the debut of two new off-network sitcoms as well – Two and a Half Men and Family Guy.

Merv Griffin’s Crosswords, produced by the late Merv Griffin and syndicated by Program Partners, has key time afternoon periods on five NBC O&O’s, including 4 p.m. on WNBC in New York and 2 p.m. on WMAQ in Chicago (Read a review of Crosswords here.)

Meanwhile, TMZ has nailed a hat trick of 6:30 p.m. slots on Fox O&O’s WNYW in New York, KTTV in Los Angeles and WPWR in Chicago.